I am a Lecturer in Media and Communications in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab. My current research focuses on two areas: 1) assessing how governments are making use of big data and the implications of changing practices, particularly in relation to governance and equality / inequality and 2) a project devoted to documenting and learning from where there have been harms caused by data practices. Previous research has focused on the relationships between digital media, news and poverty politics.
I am the author of The Mediation of Poverty: The News, New Media and Politics (Lexington, 2014) and co-editor of Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015). I have contributed chapters to Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation (Rowman & Littlefield 2015), Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics (Routledge 2012) and New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age (Sage, 2010). My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.
I have held fellowships at the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University and at the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. Prior to joining Cardiff I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. I have worked as a reporter, as well as a researcher in documentary television and in politics.